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Is it advisable not to take bath after rabies vaccination ?

After rabies vaccination - questioning Vet's recommendation not to bathe or allow contact with other dogs for TWO WEEKS I had my dog vaccinated against rabies 6 days ago. This is her third vaccination (one at 4 months, one 13 months later, and again after 13 months). The vet indicated that as I was a month late (I should have had her vaccinated after twelve months), I should not allow my dog to come into contact with other dogs for two weeks, and furthermore not to bathe her for two weeks. Can you tell me is there any validity to this recommended treatment? I did question the vet, but the answer was the same – quarantine and no bathing for two weeks because I brought her in a month late. Had the Russian words more easily flowed to me, I would have prodded further, but maybe this is what they learned years ago and they don’t have a real explanation for such recommendation. As I understand the rabies antibodies stay in a dog s system for 5-7+ years after inoculation anyway, so there should be no danger to other dogs or to my dog (beyond the existing hazards of most any immunization). Please comment. Thanks
Asked On : Thu, 31 Mar 2011
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Your dog has already received two doses of vaccination. If the third dose has been delayed by one month even then it does not expose your dog to infection or transmission of infection to others. The exact reason why his vet said so can best be explained by him only.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal

Answered: Fri, 22 Jul 2011
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